Coinciding with the start of the new track and field season, the latest version of the UKA Rules for Competition 2016 came into effect on April 1st. UKA Rules apply from the Under 13 Age Group upwards. The rule book is available for downloading at www.britishathletics.org.uk/competitions/rules/
These include important changes regarding compulsory athlete registration in competitions held under UKA Rules. It is important that athletes, club membership secretaries, team managers and others are aware of this and the associated guidance.
While athlete registration is a well established part of the sport to help athletes and others affected by different aspects of registration rules we have put together the following advice
It is important that athletes (and parents of younger athletes, UKA Rules apply from the Under 13 Age Group upwards) take responsibility for their role in ensuring their club registration is up to date. Be aware the volunteers at your club are involved in carrying out a wider range of activities to support athletes so playing your part is important.
Here is what you should do:
- Ensure you know your URN/ licence number (also sometimes referred to as licence number or England Athletics number) – more below
Ensure you pay your club membership fee, including England Athletics’ registration fee, promptly
- Make clear to your club that you are a competing athlete if your club also has non-competing athletes
- Be aware of your club’s membership renewal process – when do you need to pay and how?
Log in at www.englandathletics.org/myprofile to check your details are correct and your registration status. If necessary us the forgotten username and/ or forgotten password functionality. Remember:
- The new affiliation year begins on 1 April.
- Athletes registered in the previous affiliation year have until 30 June to renew their registration
- Previously registered athletes who have not renewed their registration by 30 June will become ‘unregistered’ at that point
- Make a note of your URN/ Licence number (also sometimes referred to as England Athletics number)– this is given at the top of your Summary/ Personal Details
Ensure your details are correct on your profile:
- First name – especially if your name can be abbreviated
- Date of Birth
- Email address
- When you are sent your athlete pack keep hold of your registration card
- If your name and date of birth are correct on the portal (Trinity) you can also use www.englandathletics.org/licencechecks to find your URN (also sometimes referred to as licence number or England Athletics number)
Guidance is also available for the following people:
- Membership Secretaries - click here to view advice for membership secretaries
- Team Managers - click here to view advice for team managers
- Coaches - click here to view advice for coaches
- Event organisers - click here to view advice for event organisers
You can read UKA’s announcement at www.britishathletics.org.uk/media/news/2016-news-page/february-2016/08-02-16-rule-book-update.
While athlete registration has been a part of the rules of the sport for a number of years these changes mean it is essential that athletes are registered and aware of their registration details.
While road runners will still be able to compete unattached, athletes, who wish to represent their club (and claim the registered athlete discount on entry fees) in road running events, will need to be registered.
Checks on registration
As rules have stated, athletes should be registered and for a number of years England Athletics has worked with a number of major competition providers to carry out registration checks at point of entry and after events. The number of unregistered athletes has been low and decreasing. There are also competition organisers who have already been carrying out their own checks on athlete registration.
We have already spoken to a number of major competition providers and will continue to approach others over the coming weeks and months. Random and systematic checks will be carried out by England Athletics in addition to those made by competition providers.
Checks on an athlete’s registration status can be made at www.englandathletics.org/licencechecks. Competition providers can also upload spreadsheets of entrant/ competitor details for automated checks.
England Athletics is working with partners, including clubs and competition providers, to minimise the number of instances in which disqualification due to ineligibilty occurs. In the event of an athlete being disqualified after competing, Power of 10 will delete marks achieved by the athlete.